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The Battle Belongs to God

2 Chronicles 20:15c

For the battle is not yours, but God’s. NIV84

profileSome of us have a tendency to take everything personal and some of us try to tackle everything ourselves.  For instance – God tells us to give Him our burdens and we take them back.  Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” NIV84 What seems to happen all too often is we offer our burdens to God only to take them up again as we get off our knees.  We try to leave them at the altar rail only to pick them up again as we rise.

We’re reminded often in Scripture that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual foes.  Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. NIV84  We cannot fight the fight against a spiritual foe with human means. Continue reading

October 9, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seek His Face and Desire His Grace

1 Chronicles 16:11

Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night; The Message

profileHere we sit – facing another government shutdown.  A number of my friends and a number of the folks I know are being furloughed without pay.  Not sure how long some of them will be able to go without a paycheck.  Some folks don’t have a savings – for a variety of reasons – some beyond their control and some by their own decisions.  Either way – it may be a tough fall if the shutdown lasts for any length of time for sure.

Where will we find help?  We could spend this time debating politics and blaming first one side of the debate and than the other side.  We could blame the President and then all the Presidents men and women.  There surely is enough blame to go around.  What I’d like for us to do is realize that things are going to go from bad to worse as the age rolls along.  There will be wars and rumors of wars.  There will be corrupt governments and corrupt people.  The world is headed down a road toward total destruction – if and only if God doesn’t intervene. Continue reading

October 3, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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